Furyk vows to stop gear tinkeringMarch, 2012
Renowned tinkerer Jim Furyk has vowed to stop changing equipment and chasing distance…
2010 was the year of Jim Furyk.
The former US Open champion had a stellar season, notching up three PGA Tour titles and winning the FedEx Cup – along with the huge bonus.
But since then, the 41-year-old has struggled to maintain his form and dropped 49 world ranking spots to 54th.
The problem? Chasing distance and changing equipment.
“It was a product of maybe trying to get a little bit longer, maybe trying to find new ways to improve and maybe then hurting my strengths,” Furyk told the PGA Tour’s official website.
“Trying to make my weaknesses better but in doing so, hurting your strengths, which is rule No. 1. You don’t do that.”
The American penned a ball and driver deal with TaylorMade soon after his impressive 2010 campaign but wasn’t seemingly a good fit for the brand or equipment as they recently parted ways.
Furyk started using Callaway’s adjustable RAZR Fit driver and HEX Black ball the week before last year’s Presidents Cup. He’s also put a lot more effort into his short game and returned to a standard length putter following an ill-informed fling with a belly-length model.
This new approach has already paid dividends – the American made it into the four-way play-off for the Transitions title at the weekend, which Luke Donald won in impressive style to take back the World No 1 title.